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# How to get started?

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10 Dec 2017, 14:13
Hi Everyone,

I have decided to go back to school to do an MBA. I want to go to one of the top schools and therefore I will probably need to do a GMAT of +700.

I have tried to do some online research, and the amount of information is overwhelming. Too overwhelming. I have never taken the GMAT test before, so I feel a bit lost. I don't know what is up and down and how it all works, so I figured I might try and reach out for help here.

I would like to take the GMAT in 6-12 months, which leaves me a lot of days but not a lot of time. I work a lot so I don't have the possibility of studying 3-4 hours per day. Instead I am hoping that it's possible to study only 30-60 minutes per day.

For most projects in life it helps to have a plan to work from, and I believe that for the GMAT preparation structure and planning might be key. So does anyone have any great advise of how to get started and structure a GMAT preparation process from 0? And can anyone recommend at tool that has helped, there are a million of them online, but I prefer to work with only one if possible.

I am generally quite good at math, however I will need some brush up of the old high-school algebra etc.. English is not my native language so I imagine that the majority of my efforts will have to be focused on the verbal parts.

Anyway, please let me know if you have any advise or experience of how to get started and how to lay out a great plan.

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12 Dec 2017, 00:49
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Welcome to Gmatclub!!

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I have tried to do some online research, and the amount of information is overwhelming. Too overwhelming. I have never taken the GMAT test before, so I feel a bit lost. I don't know what is up and down and how it all works, so I figured I might try and reach out for help here.

The first and foremost thing you may want to test is in what depth of water you are in. You may want to download two free prep mocks from http://www.mba.com
and know your baseline score for quant and verbal. Once you know your strengths / weakness, move on to Manhattan guides for sharpening your skills.

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I would like to take the GMAT in 6-12 months, which leaves me a lot of days but not a lot of time. I work a lot so I don't have the possibility of studying 3-4 hours per day. Instead I am hoping that it's possible to study only 30-60 minutes per day.

Note that on an average, a student who scores more than 700+ spends avergae of 120 hours of study and touching 12-16 hrs / week. You may want to re-evaluate the same based on your other priorities.

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For most projects in life it helps to have a plan to work from, and I believe that for the GMAT preparation structure and planning might be key. So does anyone have any great advise of how to get started and structure a GMAT preparation process from 0? And can anyone recommend at tool that has helped, there are a million of them online, but I prefer to work with only one if possible.

Usually all online courses (reviews found here) come with finite number of trial for free days, so you can assess your comfort level. You may also find this resource worth gold with minimum spending.

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I am generally quite good at math, however I will need some brush up of the old high-school algebra etc.. English is not my native language so I imagine that the majority of my efforts will have to be focused on the verbal parts.

If you are on track for quant, after completing official guides you may want to try Gmatclub tests, since the questions there are more logic intensive than calculations.
For Verbal , you may want to stick to official materials to not let you get off track in prep.

Let me know if this helps! Feel free to post in case of any further queries.
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12 Dec 2017, 10:23
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JeezyPeezy wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I have decided to go back to school to do an MBA. I want to go to one of the top schools and therefore I will probably need to do a GMAT of +700.

I have tried to do some online research, and the amount of information is overwhelming. Too overwhelming. I have never taken the GMAT test before, so I feel a bit lost. I don't know what is up and down and how it all works, so I figured I might try and reach out for help here.

I would like to take the GMAT in 6-12 months, which leaves me a lot of days but not a lot of time. I work a lot so I don't have the possibility of studying 3-4 hours per day. Instead I am hoping that it's possible to study only 30-60 minutes per day.

For most projects in life it helps to have a plan to work from, and I believe that for the GMAT preparation structure and planning might be key. So does anyone have any great advise of how to get started and structure a GMAT preparation process from 0? And can anyone recommend at tool that has helped, there are a million of them online, but I prefer to work with only one if possible.

I am generally quite good at math, however I will need some brush up of the old high-school algebra etc.. English is not my native language so I imagine that the majority of my efforts will have to be focused on the verbal parts.

Anyway, please let me know if you have any advise or experience of how to get started and how to lay out a great plan.

Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50\$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49\$)
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13 Dec 2017, 07:34
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JeezyPeezy wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I have decided to go back to school to do an MBA. I want to go to one of the top schools and therefore I will probably need to do a GMAT of +700.

I have tried to do some online research, and the amount of information is overwhelming. Too overwhelming. I have never taken the GMAT test before, so I feel a bit lost. I don't know what is up and down and how it all works, so I figured I might try and reach out for help here.

I would like to take the GMAT in 6-12 months, which leaves me a lot of days but not a lot of time. I work a lot so I don't have the possibility of studying 3-4 hours per day. Instead I am hoping that it's possible to study only 30-60 minutes per day.

For most projects in life it helps to have a plan to work from, and I believe that for the GMAT preparation structure and planning might be key. So does anyone have any great advise of how to get started and structure a GMAT preparation process from 0? And can anyone recommend at tool that has helped, there are a million of them online, but I prefer to work with only one if possible.

I am generally quite good at math, however I will need some brush up of the old high-school algebra etc.. English is not my native language so I imagine that the majority of my efforts will have to be focused on the verbal parts.

Anyway, please let me know if you have any advise or experience of how to get started and how to lay out a great plan.

Hi JeezyPeezy,

4-6 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. You should start by giving GMATPREP to learn more about your performance. You can then know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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21 Dec 2017, 09:17
I agree with the post above.

Take the GMATPrep CAT first. This gives you a baseline score and areas you need to focus on. Based on your score, you can plan your study schedule.
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